Identity theft is on the increase. It is
the fastest growing crime in the UK and the USA. No one is
immune from the potential threat of ID theft. Anyone can be
affected, and everyone should take steps to protect
The free flow of information, the growing sophistication of
technology and its ability to communicate freely between
'systems' allows the identity thief to employ many
tactics that reach into our homes in an effort to defraud.
Whilst the financial industry strives to close perceived gaps
in their security systems, the fraudsters develop other ways to
The improved security introduced by the credit card
companies with chip and pin, has forced the criminal element to
move their attentions away from the physical theft of credit
cards and to concentrate more on stealing peoples' identities
so that they can defraud in a different and bigger way. They
are getting more effective at it.
ID Theft is not restricted just to credit
card fraud. It is increasingly used in matters of
immigration, terrorism and other crimes, such as child
pornography, in order to conceal someone's real identity. Even
the identities of deceased people are capable of being taken
over by identity thieves. What was just a fiction in
Frederick Forsythe's novel 'The Day of the Jackal' over
three decades ago, has now become a reality.
Prevention is better than the cure, in respect of ID theft,
and there are ways to prevent identity theft becoming an issue.
It is not easy to completely prevent identity theft. If you are
targeted, then some information about you can usually be
discovered somewhere. But you can protect yourself by taking
simple precautions and being vigilant in all matters related to
your personal information.
Fraudulent Emails - Beware
Of These Scams
The notorious ‘Nigerian’ money scams are doing the rounds
again, so beware. Generally email based, these prey on peoples’
weaknesses - greed and desperation – in an attempt to con them
out of the contents of their bank accounts.
Theft Is Fastest Growing Crime In Britain
The UK government says that Identity theft is the
fastest-growing crime in Britain, and that £1.7 billion a year
is lost to the perpetrators of this type of fraud. And it seems
that no-one is immune from this crime. The comedian Harry Hill
is one of the recent victims, as well as a Member of
Parliament. So anyone of us could become an Identity Theft
victim. But there are effective measures you can take now, to
protect yourself – and these start with checking your credit